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Administrative Professional Certificate

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1 year

Main Campus
The Program

An Administrative Professional is the cornerstone of the modern office. This person is adept at utilizing current computer software and technology and has learned how to be a life-long learner!

The Administrative Professional Certificate Program provides students with the software training to be competitive in a continuously changing field. In addition to well-defined keyboarding skills, you will gain basic bookkeeping knowledge, oral and written communication knowledge, training in office procedures and you will have the opportunity to grow personally and professionally through a personal leadership course. A practicum placement in an office setting provides you with an opportunity to combine your newly developed skills and knowledge with on-the-job-training. You will be qualified for entry-level office positions.

Graduates of the Administrative Professional Certificate will:

  1. Compose and accurately produce and proofread business documents using appropriate software and equipment within specified timelines.
  2. Identify and practice current professional business procedures and standards.
  3. Integrate computer, computation, and communication skills to accomplish office tasks.
  4. Demonstrate professional interpersonal skills, human relations skills.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking in making decisions and completing tasks and projects.
Program Content

Fall Term

  • APRO 100 Information Processing I

  • APRO 110 Document Processing I

  • APRO 126 Basic Accounting

  • APRO 130 Office Systems I

  • COMM 150 Fundamentals of College and Workplace Writing

Winter Term

  • APRO 101 Spreadsheet Fundamentals

  • APRO 102 Computer Essentials

  • APRO 111 Document Processing II 

  • APRO 131 Office Systems II

  • APRO 135 Introduction to Industry Sectors

  • APRO 160 Personal Leadership

Spring Term

  • APRO 170 Practicum


Visit RDC’s Course Catalogue/Timetable to read detailed course descriptions.

Delivery Options

This program is available on-campus as well as through online delivery. Distance students will require regular access to a computer with Internet service.

Transfer Features

The Administrative Professional Certificate transfers to all Office Administration Diploma Programs in colleges in Alberta.

Completion of the Administrative Professional Certificate grants 10 credits for: a 4 credit Accounting course, Business Administration 204: Interpersonal Skills (3 credits) and Business Administration 210: Business Technology 1 (3 credits) towards the Management Certificate.

Two Administrative Professional Certificate courses are equivalent to courses offered from the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping as part of their Certified Bookkeeper credential. See additional information regarding this program at the CIBCB website.

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Main Phone: 403.342.3400
Toll-free: 1.888.732.4630 (in Canada only)
Email: inquire [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

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